DURING YOUR FIRST 4 DAYS
The most important rule to take care of your scalp during this period is NOT to wash your head. After your SMP procedures, washing your head might seem to be very tempting, but don’t do it. In the first 4 days, your scalp is still sensitive and if you add water to your head, you can damage it. Try not to shave your head and touch the treated area if applicable.
DAY 5 TO DAY 7
Throughout this period, you should avoid:
Sweating heavily- Try to avoid taking part in tough cardio sessions during this time. Excessive sweating can lead to an interruption in the healing process.
Scrubbing and shampooing – Scrubbing the scalp can make your wounds open, and shampooing it’s only recommended to be done with organic shampoo.
Exposure to sunlight – harsh UV rays can lead to sunburn and scalp damage
Touching with hands – Touching your scalp with your hands too often can increase the risk of infection.
During the first 7 days, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. You can gently rinse your scalp and clean the treated area with a wet cloth.
(Men) If you want to shave your head, now would be a good time to do it. It’s highly recomended to use an electric foil shaver. When shaving your head, avoid any scabs that may still be visible on your head. At this time, you can get back to your showering sessions, but remember to take a quick, light shower, and only use organic shampoo.
DAY 8 TO DAY 14
For days 8 to 14 after the procedure, your head should be looking much better and healing nicely. However, it is still healing. You should make sure that you’re still following an aftercare routine. In the next 5 days, you should still avoid the following:
Scratching the scalp – The skin on your scalp could start to peel during these next few days. It’s important to refrain from scratching or picking any scabs that may form.
Using irritants that could cause inflammation and disturb the healing process.
Using the moisturiser.
Wet shaving with a razor blade for 10 days (if applicable) after each session of the procedure.
If necessary, carefully shave or cut your hair. You can wash the treated area gently with water and soap. Applying a little bit of moisturizer will also enhance the healing stage during this period. But make sure it’s fragrance-free.
DAY 15 AND ONWARD
You may be scheduled for your next treatment session after 15 days. Before your next follow-up session, you will be asked to wash your head, and shave it if applicable.
LONG-TERM AFTERCARE SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION AFTERCARE
For long-term care, there are many steps and activities for you to follow:
For the first month, do not go to chlorinated pools, saunas, and steam rooms.
For the treated area, UV rays are harmful. Therefore, make sure to put sunscreen onto your skin before going out. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 50+.During the first month avoid tanning near the treated area.
Use organic shampoo or fragrance-free, antibacterial soap for the first month if you want to wash your scalp.
Use moisturiser right after taking a shower and before going to bed to keep your scalp moisturized.
Do not use AHA-containing products in the treatment area because it will make the pigment fade.
Stay off products that contain a high concentration of alcohol.
The Final Thoughts
If you want to keep your look fresh and new after your treatment, just keep following this guideline. After all, if you want the best results, some extra effort needs to be made.